Tracking and discrete dual task performance for different visual spatial stimulus-response mappings with focal and ambient vision

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-49
Journal / PublicationApplied Ergonomics
Online published26 Sept 2017
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2018


The effect of spatial compatibility for various display-control configurations on human performance was studied with a dual-task paradigm using a tracking task and a discrete response task. Degradation of performance on both tasks within the visual modality was observed and was considered to be most likely due to resource competition resulting from simultaneous task operation. It was found that the more complicated the mapping for the discrete spatial compatibility response task, the more severe the interference with the tracking task. Although performance on both the tracking and spatial response tasks was impaired, the magnitude of impairment was not as great as expected, implying that focal and ambient vision required for the tracking task and spatial task, respectively, might be deployed, at least partly, from separate resources. Participants here seemed to successfully use focal vision for tracking and ambient vision for identifying signal lights concurrently, reducing the expected keen competition for visual resources.

Research Area(s)

  • Displays and controls, Multiple resources, Multitasking, Spatial S-R compatibility, Visual displays